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It would be in Croatia (Mario get well, Ljubo unretire pleeeease)
damn, I wanted to go to the final (if the win the semis of course )
and I live in Spain so....
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1.54: Are they Cilic parents ? The man looks Goran and Vinko a lot ...
That is not his mother, I have no idea about his father. His mother is a little bit thinner and darker. There was a picture of her in an article about him a while ago, I will see if I can find it.
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

M. CILIC/A. Murray

7 5, 6 2, 6 2

An interview with: Marin Čilić


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Incredible result today taking out one of the hottest players from the summer season. You must feel tremendous about your accomplishment today.
MARIN CILIC: Yes, I mean, I'm feeling tremendously happy. Of course it's biggest result for me so far. And after reaching this four times last 16, was a little bit relief after I won it.
Now that I don't have this blockade in my head, I can look forward, and, of course, focus on the next matches.

Q. This is your first Grand Slam quarterfinal?
MARIN CILIC: Yes. Yes, it is.

Q. That's quite an accomplishment.
MARIN CILIC: Uh huh.

Q. You're facing now a player who I think you've played him in Australia, if I'm not mistaken.
MARIN CILIC: Yeah.

Q. He's been playing tremendous tennis. Your thoughts on a quarterfinal match coming up?
MARIN CILIC: Yeah, I mean, definitely he's a player to watch. I played him there in Australia, and I would say that he's -- maybe he's even here playing a little bit better on the US Open courts.
But definitely I think I have my chance. If I take positive things from today, I can put it in the next match, and, of course, take advantage like that.
I think he can play really well, but I think I have also some game that can hurt him.

Q. By blockade, do you mean the blockade in your head? Did that service break at the end of the first set to go to 6 5 get you over that?
MARIN CILIC: I mean, blockade was just in my head losing four times in last 16. So by getting into this match, wasn't also easy to prepare.
But I would say I was mentally really, really good out there on the court and mostly thinking about what I'm going to do next, so that was really positive.
What was the other question you asked?

Q. That service break to go to 6 5 in the first set, what did that mean to you there?

MARIN CILIC: Well, first set was up and down from both of us. He also had a breakpoint on 3 4, and I had breakpoint when he served an ace, so it was the game was I think we were both of us searching a little bit for the game to set up everything there.
When I hold my serve for 5 All, I think I relaxed a little more. I had little more confidence after that. He made few unforced errors, and played really bad game from that side with the wind.
So it was much easier for me to finish it off with the wind a little bit in my back.

Q. What happened the last two sets? What happened with your game? How did it click?
MARIN CILIC: I mean, I stay really focused on what I have to do, and I think the break in each of the last two sets helped a lot, as I was also putting a lot of I was putting him a lot of under pressure and serving good, I would say.
He was a little bit struggling to get on my serve to win few points in a row, so that was key thing for me. And of course definitely that I was playing from inside the court really good and moved him around and didn't rush too much.
When I had my chance, I was going for him. When I was in the tougher position I would stay in the rally pretty good. Physically wise I was feeling okay and moving pretty nice.

Q. Were you surprised that he wasn't more consistent? Because you've played him a bunch of times. You just hit steady. He made a lot of unforced errors.
MARIN CILIC: Yeah, well, it was a little bit windy from one side to another. It's tough to say, but definitely he made a lot of unforced errors, and that helped me a lot to be confident in my game and the tactics that I put out there. That was also very helpful.

Q. You beat him when he was a junior, and then you lost three times in a row as a pro. Does having a result as a junior mean something after many years?
MARIN CILIC: I'd say juniors were a very long time ago, and it's tough to judge for that result. I don't even think about it at all.
For the other one, for the other question, I think he won those first three matches that we played. Even though they were pretty close, I think I was also playing pretty good with him all the time.
Here I think I made this breakthrough, and now of course gives me more confidence when I'm going to play other guys, and that on Grand Slams I can go very far.

Q. Where were you when Goran won Wimbledon in '01?
MARIN CILIC: I was at home, of course, watching as every other Croatian on the TV. I mean, that was his fourth final, so it was history moment for everybody.

Q. You were not by chance at that wild parade when he came back and they were ripping off his clothes and trying to get souvenirs?
MARIN CILIC: No, I wasn't there. It was a little bit away from my home. I mean, didn't want to go there too much.
So I stayed at home and, of course, celebrated with everybody else.

Q. Can you describe what it was like being a Croatian tennis player, still pretty young, but you were a player at that point.
MARIN CILIC: Yeah.

Q. Thinking maybe it would be your turn one day?
MARIN CILIC: I mean, he is the one who brought tennis on a high level in Croatia, and everybody looked at him as a hero. Even from all the other athletes he was one guy who was most likeable with his personality and everything.
So for us I think younger ones was also big help money wise, and there was much more sponsors coming into the tennis, and also federation. So it was a big help for the young ones to come up.
And definitely, I mean, he also played with me when he was finishing his career. He helped me a lot, so he's a really nice guy.

Q. How did he help you?
MARIN CILIC: I mean, he was in 2002/2003 he was staying in Zagreb and practicing all the time with me when he was there. He connected me with his ex coach, Bob Brett, which I am here with. He was also a great help, otherwise I wouldn't be able to get in a connection with Bob.

Q. What makes Bob a great coach, do you think?
MARIN CILIC: I mean, he coached great players. He has a lot of experience, and he brought me this knowledge that helps me to understand much easier some things.
If I would be with somebody else who is not that experienced on Grand Slams level and top level, it would take me maybe a year or two more to get some things out of it. So I think I'm learning quickly.
And as my results show on the Grand Slams, it works pretty good. He knows a lot about tennis, and other things, too, so...

Q. Were you in Zagreb when Croatia beat the United States?
MARIN CILIC: Yeah. In 2003?

Q. Yeah.
MARIN CILIC: Yeah, I was there.

Q. And then you became part of beating the United States?
MARIN CILIC: Yeah. That's true, yeah.

Q. Those are highlights, I imagine, for your career.
MARIN CILIC: Yeah, I mean, definitely this victory over U.S. now in July at home, it's one of the greatest moments in my career. Playing for a nation, that brings much more than playing for yourself.
Of course, by that, I have much more knowledge in Croatia and much more people know me now. Of course, they're expecting like this next tie to also be good for us.

Q. Going to win the Cup?
MARIN CILIC: We'll see.

Q. Were you affected at all by the war when you were young?
MARIN CILIC: No.

Q. What were your feelings coming into the tournament? Your results were somewhat a bit up and down. How were you feeling confidence wise coming into the US Open?
MARIN CILIC: I was trying to get more matches on these three tournaments that I played in Washington and these two Masters Series.
First two I didn't play too well, but I would say in Cincinnati I played some good tennis. I lost there to David Ferrer. Coming here was maybe not easy, but maybe not the best preparation. I had a week of practice and got my thoughts a little bit back and worked pretty good, so I think that was good thing to do.

Q. But you also came back from two sets down against Levine. How did you turn that around?
MARIN CILIC: Me, I was feeling that physically I was able to sustain it for long period of time. First two sets, I didn't play too good. I was missing a lot. He's kind of player that he's pretty consistent from the back, but he doesn't have any big weapons. So he was more a matter of me putting my things together than something else.

Q. Are you working in San Remo or some other place?
MARIN CILIC: San Remo when I'm free, and sometimes in Zagreb.

Q. How much time would you say you're in Croatia?
MARIN CILIC: Sorry?

Q. How much time are you in Croatia every year? Few weeks, or more than that?
MARIN CILIC: Tough to say, because when I'm finishing the tournaments I go back there, and then depending. But I don't know, two months maybe.

Q. How would you describe the tennis in Croatia right now this year?
MARIN CILIC: Which part of tennis?

Q. When you were here four years ago, there was a whole bunch of boys with you from Croatia. What happened to them?
MARIN CILIC: I don't know. I mean, they got a little bit lost. It's never easy to -- you mean for young ones and juniors and everything from my generation?

Q. Yes. Your generation.

MARIN CILIC: I mean, it's tough, because this breakthrough from futures to challengers, this part takes a lot of energy and also takes a lot of work.
So I would say that in Croatia we don't have maybe some guys don't have a place where to practice and get some best advises. So it's tough to say, but it's more on every person how he deals with it.

Q. Did you call your family already?
MARIN CILIC: No.

Q. Do you speak fluent Italian?
MARIN CILIC: No.
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With expectations high, Del Potro knocks off Cilic
By Brian Cleary
Thursday, September 10, 2009

It was a quarterfinals showdown between two of the tallest top players, and the two youngest players left in this year's tournament. But while No. 6-seed Juan Martin Del Potro and No. 16-seed Marin Cilic seemed remarkably alike--both 20 years old, both 6-foot-6, both won two titles in 2009, those titles for both players each coming on their favorite surface, hard courts--what seems to separate them very distinctly is their own expectations.

In the previous round, Cilic had taken out the No. 2 seed, Andy Murray, to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal and was thrilled, talking about how he no longer has the “blockade in his head,’’ after having faltered in his previous four appearances in the round-of-16 at a major. Del Potro, on the other hand, who reached the last eight here in 2008 and the semis of the French Open in the spring, is looking for a little bit more. From the start of this tournament the Argentine has talked about wanting to prove himself against the game’s top players (Federer and Nadal) and he discusses his desire to reach the final here like it’s a fundamental need.

Del Potro fell behind early in this match. But he asserted himself, roaring back to take a match that started out as a nail-biter and turned into a rout for the Argentine, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.

“Was a good comeback, you know, the crowd cheering for me at 1‑3 in the second. I started to play better after that moment,” Del Potro said.

Del Potro next plays the winner of the Rafael Nadal-Fernando Gonzales match. He’s won both his matches against Nadal in 2009, both of which came on hard courts. He trails in their career head-to-head meetings 2-4. He also beat Gonzales in their last encounter but trails head-to-head 1-3.

For a set and a half, Cilic looked like he was going to be breaking through more than just a round-of-16 blockade. The big Croatian was serving at 1-2, 0-30, but then strung together four solid points, highlighted by an ace and a drop-volley winner, to hold. He broke Del Potro in the following game with a beautiful running forehand cross-court passing shot that seemed to surprise Del Potro, particularly since Del Potro had just ripped a forehand cross-court approach of his own that looked like a winner.

Del Potro picked up the pace of his shots immediately, but Cilic held his advantage through the set, revealing an all-court game that appeared the be the equal, or more, of his higher-ranked opponent. On his first set point, in a 20-shot rally of laser-like ground strokes, Cilic moved in and hit a swing volley from behind the service line to take over the net, forcing Del Potro into over-hitting a backhand long.

While it seemed to surprise the crowd that Cilic won the first set playing more aggressive than Del Potro, they seemed downright shocked when Cilic kept rolling at the start of the second set, breaking Del Potro in the first game and going up 2-0. At that point the New York fans started cheering for Del Potro, as if they were fearful of a one-sided affair.

The crowd needn’t have worried.

Del Potro has whipped himself into prime shape here in New York in what he calls his favorite Grand Slam. He was even impressive before he got here, having gone 9-1 in the summer hard court events, winning in Washington and reaching the final of the Canadian Open, beating in the latter Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick.

"I like to play here in the U.S., and I like hard courts, I like this tournament, I like everything,'' Del Potro says characteristically forthright. "I work hard for this part of the year."

With the crowd cheering him on, Del Potro began to pick up his game, taking the ball earlier in the court. At the same time, Cilic’s game dropped noticeably. The Croatian gave back his early break with three forehand errors in the sixth game, and looking increasingly less precise, was broken in his next service game as well. With Del Potro serving at 5-3, 30-30, Cilic had Del Potro off the court and missed a backhand with a wide-open court, an error that seemed to signify that the Croatian was unsettled. Del Potro hit a service winner to take the second set 6-3.

With the match dead even, Del Potro seized control. With Cilic serving at 30-30 in the fist game of the third, Del Potro hit an overhead that clipped the net and popped up, allowing Cilic to come in. But, perfectly illustrating the two player's states of mind, Del Potro, reeling backward and on the defensive, managed to rip a backhand down the line to force Cilic into a volley error, and with the fans going wild, Del Potro, pumped his fist and danced toward the crowd, reminiscent of Jimmy Connors. Meanwhile, Cilic, impassive, seemed to wilt. Del Potro broke on the next point, and broke again in the fifth game to go up 4-1. Del Potro never looked back, winning eight of the last 10 games of the match, seeming to feed off the crowd’s energy.

Moving into his first U.S. Open semifinal, Del Potro looks confident and comfortable on the hunt for his first Grand Slam title. And what does he like most about New York?

"Everything,'' he says. "The stadium, the crowds, the people, the city. Everything. It's lovely."

Del Potro is the third Argentine to reach the semifinals here, after Guilermo Vilas in 1975-77, 1982, and David Nalbandian 2003.


Match Facts


- Del Potro is one of three players to have reached at least the quarterfinals of three Grand Slams this year, along with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
- Cilic's previous best performance at a Grand Slam was reaching the round of 16. He lost in that round at the 2008 Australian Open and Wimbledon, and the 2009 Australian Open and Roland Garros.
- Cilic is just the second Croatian man in the Open era to reach the U.S. Open quarterfinals after Goran Ivanisevic, who reached the semis in 1996.
- This is the second time this year that all of the quarterfinalists at a Grand Slam have come from the top 16 seeds. It also happened in Australia. It's only the second time in the Open era that the U.S. Open quarterfinalists have all been seeded in the top 16.
- Del Potro has improved his year-end ranking for each of the past 5 years. He was the youngest player in the year-end Top 10 in 2008, youngest in the Top 50 in 2007, youngest in the Top 100 in 2006 and youngest in the Top 200 in 2005.
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An interview with:

MARIN CILIC


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Can you tell us what happened at 3‑1 in the second set? Just seemed to fall apart. Was it him raising his game or your game falling down, or a little of both?

MARIN CILIC: Well, I mean, definitely he started to play much better and not giving me so many chances to dictate the game. He was not missing and also putting a lot of pressure on me, and then it was tough for me to hold that level of game all the time.

Then on the beginning of the match I was playing really good and moving him a lot around, and I found after the first set that it got a lot cooler and the court was a little bit hard to play on. The ball wasn't going through the court as much as it was in the beginning.

And then he was like all the time on top of me and not letting me to find any other solution to get back.

Q. I know it's very short after the match, and I'm sure you're feeling disappointment, but are you able to at least appreciate how far you got in this tournament?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah.

Q. It's only your second time here and you've accomplished what you've accomplished. Can you feel pretty good about the tournament in general?

MARIN CILIC: Of course. I mean, I'm feeling unbelievably happy that I got to this stage. I mean, before the tournament I wasn't in great situation with losing two first rounds and one second round in Cincinnati.

I mean, had good experience here, some great matches, one comeback after being two sets to love down, and beating Murray also. I think putting my game on another level now. Of course I have little more self‑belief that I can do well and that I'm also playing good tennis.

Q. Is there something that was working for you against Andy? I mean, different players, obviously. Do you feel you had something working for you when you played Andy that maybe wasn't there today?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah. I would say it was definitely different match, because with Andy he doesn't have as much power as Del Potro has, and it was a little bit hotter day that day and the ball was going through the court more and jumping much more.

So you didn't need ‑‑ I didn't need to force so much. Just to place the ball, and it would be enough. Weather today, you really needed to hit the ball to be able to get in some good position.

Q. What was the weather like that out there? It was windy. Was it affecting play today?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah, it was definitely, because I was struggling to find my rhythm with the serve and to hit my spots pretty good. From one side was blowing in the chest, from the other was going in the back.

It wasn't easy to find good rhythm, and definitely I was a little bit behind with that, than him.

Q. You played against Del Potro in Australia and play again today. What can you say about his game?

MARIN CILIC: Well, I mean, what I think he is good at is that over there and over here I was one set up and also playing I think first set and a half really good today. But he was able to stay with me and to play really consistent, and he started to play much better than on the beginning. So that's the good thing that he did today.

Q. So you did break through to best eight this time. To go to the next level, what do you think you need?

MARIN CILIC: Well, definitely more matches like this and to play against them much more, against these top guys. I think I need to also play ‑‑ from my perspective, I need to play also a lot of tennis on this high level to be able to sustain it for a longer period of time.

I mean, today I played first set and a half really good tennis, and then after I dropped it. So I have, I mean, a lot of work also to do on that.

Q. You said that you spend one week before in New York, and that you were talking to somebody or talking yourself into improving the game. Could you tell us more about it? Were you here by yourself practicing one week before the tournament, or was your coach here with you?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah, I was here with the coach.

Q. With your coach?

MARIN CILIC: Yeah. I mean, just is my usual routine before Grand Slams, having a little bit time off before the tournament, getting my mind ready for the start of the tournament, and that's it. Nothing special.

I had some good practices and prepared pretty good.

Q. I thought you said that the two of you had long talks, you know, where your game is at and how to improve it.

MARIN CILIC: Not necessarily. I didn't change anything in one week, so that was just getting myself into the rhythm and hitting a lot of balls and practicing good. So nothing in particular.

Q. Well, you played terrific game, not today because the weather was so awful.


MARIN CILIC: I was what?

Q. You played terrific tennis here, so I'm wondering what has changed.

MARIN CILIC: Nothing has changed. I mean, I played also good tennis before; just over here I put some things together better, and it was working good.
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US Open QF: Juan Martin Del Potro vs Marin Cilic

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Short Interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdFGtyMlxco
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Short postmatch interview from the CO final:
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Cilic vs Nadal match is up for download on TennisHaven =)

Cilic vs Djokovic to come in the next few hours. Both in english
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Mark it here as well

2010.01.25 after AO R4 3-2 Del Potro

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Neil Harman's Net Post: Marin Cilic and Bob Brett - a force to be reckoned with

There were 354 points, all of them utterly absorbing before Marin Cilic defeated Juan Martin Del Potro, a result that has only added to the fascination of Andy Murray's section of the Australian Open draw this week.

Cilic, the conqueror of Murray in straight sets in last year's US Open, has announced himself as a grand slam contender in the mould of Goran Ivanisevic. Which is not unexpected considering it was Ivanisevic who sent Cilic to Bob Brett, his former coach, when he was 15 years old. Cilic stayed for a week the first time, he would stay forever now if he could.

Slowly but surely under the tutelage of Brett, the Australian once interviewed for the post of Director of Performance at the LTA but who felt the job's destiny had been decided before he had even arrived in London, Cilic has matured into a player rich in talent and of remarkable level-headedness for a 21-year-old. How he steadied his ship having lost the first and fourth sets to Del Potro, was inspirational. There are no Three Gorans here to write home about. Just one Marin.

Brett, who coached Ivanisevic through those times when he was regarded as a serial grand slam under-achiever, pins great faith in Cilic but does so in his usual understated manner. Not for Brett the desire for a headline, but only to do well by any player who wants to work with him. Look at Cilic against Del Potro and you understand what the partnership is all about.

Brett is unashamedly old school. He learned the art of man-management at the knee of Harry Hopman, the legendary Australian former Davis Cup captain who ran a regime in the 1950s and 60s that 'his' players still talk about in reverential tones. "There is no question about the influence of Hopman," Brett said. "I think it can well be summed up in the words of Kipling on Centre Court at Wimbledon about treating the twin imposters of triumph and disaster just the same.

"You cannot get too excited with the wins and equally, you should not get too despondent after the losses. It is about working out what is the next step forward in either case and trying to get better. It is about imagination, curiosity, and working hard. With Marin, as with any player I have worked with, you just try to add bits as you go along, but you need to right guy to work with. A coach cannot make a backhand passing shot at break point down, that is the player's task. I regard myself as very lucky."

Which, of course, is under-stating the job Brett has done. Not only does he still run an academy in San Remo, he is a consultant to Tennis Canada, helping to bring the best of their nation's youth to flower. What he might have done had he been granted the reins at the LTA, we shall never know.

"All credit has to go to Marin, though," he says. "He takes the information I feed to him and it is up to him to make something out of it. It is so important for a coach to be careful. You cannot change a player too quickly, it has to be done in small steps but, equally, there is only a certain window of opportunity available because it is very difficult to change a player once he has developed a certain style."

Whether or not he wins the Australian Open, the Net Post is as certain as he can be that Cilic will contest for the majors one day. His performance against Del Potro, especially in the fifth set after he had lost the fourth and the force appeared to be with the Argentine was exemplary. Brett didn't want to say as much, but he loved how his pupil responded. They are quite a pair.
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a little interview video from ATPTOUR site, Marin looks calm and btw... right followed by some words from Del Potro, his gestures seem so funny, just like a boy who made wrong and was taken to his headmaster

http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/M...ighlights.aspx
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